The founder of the Van Halen and current The Circle icon Sammy Hagar had a recent interview with Planet Rock Magazine and answered the ‘rivalry rumors’ between him and current Van Halen frontman, David Lee Roth.

Here are his statements:

I don’t respect Dave’s artistry, but I do think he’s clever and a great showman and what he did with Van Halen in the early days was fantastic. Van Halen couldn’t have made it without him.”

In case Hagar pays his tribute to David Lee Roth, he claimed that Van Halen was a better band with him.

He continued:

“God bless Dave, but he refuses to acknowledge that Van Halen with me was even more successful than Van Halen with him, and that’s very stupid of him.

That’d be like me not acknowledging what he did for the band before I joined: that would be stupid, wouldn’t it?”

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